Chris Joseph and his colleagues on the defense bar noticed a dramatic uptick in grand jury indictments in Shawnee County—often on the eve of a preliminary hearing where a probable cause determination would have been made in open court, rather than in a closed grand jury proceeding. The practice of securing indictments using a grand…

In United States v. Rodriguez, 135 S.Ct. 1609 (2015), the United States Supreme Court was asked whether police officers could routinely extend the length of a traffic stop to allow a trained drug detection dog to sniff the stopped car.  The Court held that they may not. Specifically, the Court held that, absent reasonable suspicion…

B. Keith Edwards – formerly an Assistant District Defender in Topeka’s Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office – has joined the Criminal Division of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC. Based in the firm’s Wichita office, Edwards represents individuals charged with criminal offenses in municipal and state courts. “The attorneys in the firm are well respected…

Ross A. Hollander, of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, has been ranked among the state’s top tier of labor and employment lawyers by Chambers USA 2018. This is the tenth consecutive year that Hollander has received a top ranking from Chambers USA. After conducting independent interviews with clients and lawyers, Chambers USA ranks attorneys based…

Law enforcement officials call it a tool, but critics call it highway robbery. Its real name is civil asset forfeiture – it’s how a traffic stop could end with someone losing their life’s savings. Attorney Chris Joseph is on the other side of the issue. He’s working to reform that law. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture,…

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